And now, I’m going to talk about flowers. This is extremely important, life-altering subject matter. (ha)
I simply couldn’t stand it anymore, and so yesterday, despite the un-late-April like cool weather, I loaded the kids into the car and went to the nursery to buy some of my annuals. For the past two years, I’ve said that I’m going to go with a red and white theme for my pots, and each spring, I’ve gone to the nursery and been spell-bound by the vibrant oranges, corals, pinks and purples. And I simply couldn’t resist them. And by midsummer, I always feel a pang of regret that I didn’t stick to plan.
Alas, yesterday I exercised super-human restraint by passing over those colors and adhering instead to my intended palette. Judging from the way they look all jumbled together in their flats on my porch, I think I’ll be satisfied with them. I ended up choosing a beautiful deep shade of scarlet geraniums (Calliope red, to be specific), some white petunias, a red Gerber daisy, some trailing variegated vinca, small-flowered and dainty white Bacopa, deep-scarlet Calibrachoa, white impatiens, and a deep-red pot carnation.
Every year, too, I inevitably see someone’s house in a magazine decorated with a huge number of ferns in hanging baskets, and I’ll admit that I’ve scoffed at them, remarking on the money they must’ve paid for them. (A huge fern in a hanging basket can be quite pricey.) “You,” David remarked, “have fern-envy.” And as soon as he said it, I knew it was true! I will admit it: I am afflicted with an outrageous case of fern-envy. I, too, want multitudes of hanging ferns surrounding my porch. The first step toward alleviating a problem is admitting it, so I’m well on my way.
I realize one can propogate ferns. I will have to do this. Except I seem to have another problem; I’m starting to accumulate too many house plants due to propogation, and ferns have to be kept inside half the year, and they’re messy. Such a grave dilemma, I know.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress. But my green/brown thumb has awakened and it cannot be stopped. Woe to anyone who gets in my way!